As a pleasing example of late
Georgian architecture, this house has
the requisite Georgian details such as
belt courses at the second and third
floor levels, a Tuscan frontispiece,
glazed headers set in a Flemish bond
and a particularly nice fanlight.
Regrettably the first floor exterior is a
recreation so it's hard to know how in
keeping it is to the original
It main claim to fame is that it was
rented a few years after completion to
James Madison, and his wife Dolly.
Dolly had been previously married to a
young Quaker lawyer John Todd and
they had lived briefly a few blocks
away at 5th and Walnut when he died
in the yellow fever epidemic of 1797.
Its interesting to note that the Spanish
Ambassador lived next door to this
house which is a reminder that when
Philadelphia functioned as the nation's
first capital, it had the intimacy of a
small town by our standards, with
many of the key players really next
This fine Georgian row house was
the home of Dolly and James
Madison when he served in
congress in the mid 1790's.